Upholstered furniture is expensive and not something most people can replace whenever they feel like it or even when they need to! Therefore it’s important to do everything you can to make your furniture look good for as long as possible. Even if you don’t keep it until it wears out, if it’s in good condition when you’re ready to replace it, you can pass it on to someone who needs it or sell it and make a little money to put towards the new furniture. So keeping your upholstered furniture looking good is a win-win.
Here are some ways to keep your upholstered furniture looking good longer:
Vacuum the furniture regularly. There are two kinds of vacuuming. The first is the surface vacuum which is just a quick run over the surface areas. This can be done easily while you’re doing your regular vacuuming. The second is a deep vacuum which is everything including under the cushions where all the crumbs are. Here’s the important thing, though – don’t worry about doing this perfectly. If you don’t have time to do a thorough deep clean where you move the cushions and flip them over and all that, just raise them up and get as much as you can. Anything you do will be better than nothing!
How often you vacuum will depend on how you use the furniture. The furniture in our family room is used primarily for socializing so it stays nice longer. Therefore, I don’t vacuum it as often. On the other hand, the furniture in the living room, where the tv is, gets a lot more use. We eat snacks and sometimes dinner in that room. The grandkids eat while they watch tv. The cat likes to lay on one corner on the couch and on the back of the chair. So that furniture needs more attention than the furniture in the family room. Think about how you use your furniture and then decide how often you need to vacuum.
Rotate the cushions. If you have soft upholstered furniture, you can lengthen the life of your furniture by rotating the cushions. Certain cushions get more wear than others, so if you move them around, they wear more evenly. My last couch was like this. It was extremely comfortable but the cushions tended to get misshapen. I rotated the cushions regularly and sometimes even took the cushion filling out, straightened it up and put it back.
Clean up messes immediately. Most messes are easier to clean up now than later and they do less damage if they’re cleaned up immediately. So if someone spills, take care of it right away.
Spot clean as needed. Most of the time a damp rag is all you need to clean up a spot. If that doesn’t do it, most couches can handle a little Joy dishwashing soap on a rag. If that still doesn’t do it, research your options based on the type of fabric on your furniture. Different fabrics require different care.
Mend any rips. If you notice a damaged area, do what you can to fix it as soon as possible. If you let it go, it will only get worse. Usually if you fix it, the damage doesn’t get any worse. My last couch had a rip at the seam. I fixed it (I’m not a seamstress or an upholsterer) and then made sure the cushion was always at the edge of the couch where you couldn’t see the repair and where that cushion got the least amount of use.
If you give your upholstered furniture a little TLC on a regular basis, it will reward you with a longer life. Plus, it will look better, too!